Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area - 'warndu mai'

By Andrea Tschirner 
on 09 Jul 2015 

The Adnyamathanha people are the Traditional Owners of the lands extending from the far north Flinders Ranges in South Australia to Boolcoomatta Station Reserve near Broken Hill.

In 1998 the Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area (IPA), which covers 58,000 hectares of their land, was the first indigenous protected area to be declared in the country.

Bush Heritage Australia has been working in partnership with the Nantawarrina Ranger group to monitor weeds and native plants and animals on the IPA.

The group have been recording traditional knowledge of important plant and animal species found in the region. Over summer, information about key plant and animal species of the Flinders Ranges was made into a large poster, designed to appeal particularly to school-aged children. 

Elders of the Adnyamathanha community are very keen to ensure the next generation of land managers learn about the cultural significance of the plants and animals around them. 

There are some great language programs being taught in the local schools, and the development of this poster complements the language and literacy work that the kids are involved with. 

Quorn, Hawker and Leigh Creek Kindergartens and Area Schools have all received copies of the posters, and the positive feedback has been great. 

Students and staff at the Quorn Area School have even been inspired to plant a bush food garden, which they've named the 'warndu mai garden' meaning the 'good food garden'.

Small projects like this help to ensure the next generation of land managers are equipped with the knowledge and skills to continue looking after country.